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that red platoon, you know, that was our drink forever. i'm thinking of the days in the gym, you know. i'm thinking about the constant, you know, teasingoing back and forth between mace and kopas. >> for clint romesha, it's all about the buddies he served with, the ones he led that day, in'd the eight men who did not make it back. >> when you sit there and, i mean, you look to your left and your right you see those battle buddies. you know, on the ground, squeezing those triggers at that point, those are who depend on you, and those are who you depend on. that's who i do it for. the situation we're in, in the here and now, regardless of how we got there, you know, being
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the team player and knowing i've got his back and he's got mine. that's what i reflect. that's what i -- what motivates me. >> president obama will award the medal of honor to clint romesha on monday at the white house. he will also be honored at the pentagon on tuesday, after which he will come back here to minot, north dakota, and continue with his new job. meanwhile, the war in afghanistan continues. more than 60,000 american service members are right now in that country fighting that war. i'm jake tapper for cnn in minot, north dakota. good evening. it's hard to imagine a bigger night because it's hard to foresee a bigger winter storm than the one forecasters say could dump more than two feet of snow in parts of the country. tens of millions could be affected. thousands of flights are already canceled. we'll tell you what you need to know to stay safe and where the storm is going to hit. we begin with breaking news.
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authorities say he's got the means to inflict mass casualties and a mission calling for precisely that. take a look. this is the man that police all across southern california are trying to find. he may now be one step closer to locating. christopher jordan dorner is his name. ex-navy reservist, ex-lapd officer with a grudge against the force. if you see him, do not approach him. get some place safe and contact authorities. the breaking news, police have located his burned out truck near big bear lake, which is about 100 miles east of los angeles. they have not, however, located dorner himself. just moments ago, we learned the fbi went to the suspect's home in las vegas. we don't yet know, however, what if anything, they discovered. meantime, back at big bear lake in california, fresh tracks were spotted nearby. however, police say they do not lead to the suspect. they are doing door to door. checkpoints are up on local roads. they've barred all choppers from the air space. christopher dorner is not only armed, dangerous and vowing revenge on his former fellow
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officers but also people close to them. in a strange and chilling online manifesto allegedly written by dorner he says, quote, i never had the opportunity to have a familiarly of my own. i'm terminating yours. as for his capabilities, a local police chief had this to say. of course, he knows what he's doing. we trained him. in addition to the manifesto, i learned today that dorner sent me a package to my office at cnn in new york. the package arrived on february 1st. i receive a lot of strange packages and letters. we have a system in place for dealing with them. i didn't personally even see this package or know about it until today. package contained a dvd and a bullet-ritled keepsake coin called a challenge coin from his former boss, the lapd police chief who join me shortly. the coin in the package had three bullet homes. we're going to show you more of the contents of that package in a moment. in addition, we'll took veteran crime reporter and crime fighter john miller, chris mohandi and
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chris lawrence on the type of sniper training he has. randi kaye brings us up to date on the man and the manhunt. >> reporter: we are under attack. that was the word from one california police lieutenant after at least three officers were shot early thursday morning. one officer died. police say the shooter is this man, 33-year-old christopher jordan dorner, a former lapd officer who was fired in 2008. police say two of the officers were shot around 1:30 in the morning here in riverside. they were sitting in their patrol car parked at a nearby spotlight at magnolia and arlington avenues. that's when investigators say dorner ambushed them and opened fire. a good samaritan called for help using the officer's car radio. one of the officers died. the other taken to riverside community hospital. the reason for the rampage? it appears to be dorner's attempt at revenge for losing his job. and an effort to clear his name. all of that found online in a long rambling manifesto
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allegedly posted by dorner. in it, there are direct threats against police officers dorner once worked with, as well as threats against their families. it reads, there will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat and sleep. i have the strength and benefits of being unpredictable, unconventional and unforgiving. throughout the manifesto, dorner accuses the other officers of costing him his career. also of racism and use of excessive force. about an hour before that fatal shooting in riverside, police believe dorner shot another officer here in corona, about 13 miles away. the bullet just grazed him. the officer in this incident had been assigned to protect other officers who dorner had allegedly threatened in his online postings. >> the officer was fired upon with a shoulder weapon. officers were able to return fire. one officer sustained a graze wound to his head. the vehicle sustained numerous
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hits. >> the officers are okay, but dorner got away. immediately, the california highway patrol issues what's called a blue alert to law enforcement. warning them a gunman considered armed and extremely dangerous is on the run. the blue alert is activated for nine california counties stretching all the way south to san diego where police say the attempted hijacking of a boat could be linked to dorner. dorner's police badge was also found in the city. but dorner's shooting spree may have started days ago here in irvine. on sunday morning, monica quan, the daughter of a police official named in his manifest oh, was shot and killed along with her fiance while sit in their car. on wednesday, police officially named dorner as the suspect. quan, who was 27, was the daughter of retired los angeles police officer randall quan. in dorner's alleged online rantings, he blamed randall quan for mishandling the appeal for
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his termination. dorner lost his appeal in 2011. before monica quan was killed, dorner allegedly made this threat in his writings. i never had the opportunity to have a family of my own. i'm terminating yours. police here know what they are up against. neighborhoods are on lockdown, intersections sealed off. officers on edge. so much so that two undercover lapd officers opened fire on a pickup truck they thought was dorner's. turns out it was two women delivering newspapers. one was reportedly shot in the hand. the other in the back. but they'll be okay. meantime, the lapd says it's doing all it can to ensure the safety of their personnel and their families. >> of course he knows what he's doing. we trained him. he was also a member of the armed forces. it is extremely worrisome and scary. especially to the police officers involved.
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>> reporter: those officers know if the online writings do belong to christopher dorner, then police have a bull's-eye on their back, and the man coming for them isn't afraid to die. >> randi, at this hour, do authorities have any idea where dorner is? are they getting closer? there's that local news report about tracks away from the truck. >> right. they certainly hope they are getting closer. bear mountain ski resort is on lockdown. as you mentioned, they found christopher dorner's truck around 2:30 this afternoon here. they are going through that truck. it is burned out. they wouldn't say whether they found any weapons in that truck. but they did say they found those fresh footprints. they're certainly trying to follow up on those. there's about 400 homes in that ski resort area. they are going door to door. they've called in a lot of extra officers to help. it's unclear if any of those homes are vacant or if people are there part time or full time. he could be hiding out in one of those homes. they haven't received any reports any of stolen vehicles. so the question is, is he still on foot? can he carry all of his
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ammunition and weaponry on foot? but no question about it, anderson. everybody here still on edge. if you look around here, the officers, they are carrying rifles all over the area. they have their hands on their weapons every moment. just a short time ago, there were s.w.a.t. teams and police cars rushing by us. so they are certainly on edge hoping to get an end to this safely. >> randi, thank you. in addition to posting his manifesto online, suspect christopher dorner also reached out to me directly. he mailed a parsele to my office that arrived on the first of the month. my assistant opened it. inside he found this hand labeled dvd accompanied by a yellow post-it note reading in part, quote, i never lied which apparently is in reference to his 2009 dismissal from the lapd. the dvd shows testimony by a man who says he was kicked by an lapd officer. according to dorner it confirms the story that dorner told the lapd. the story he says got him kicked off the force. today, by the way is the eighth
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anniversary of his hiring. also in the package, a coin wrapped in duct tape. the tape bared a hand written inscription saying, thanks, but no thanks, will bratten, his former boss. on the top also an abbreviation. at first we thought it may be the initials imoa which is imagine a more open america. if you look at it closer, it now appears to be the number one with a space, then the letter m.o.a. one m.o.a. could stand for one minute of angle which is a marksmanship term. you can see the bullet holes. three to the center. another shot nicked off the top. i was made aware of this parcel today as was the editorial staff at "ac 360." and we alerted chief bratten and law enforcement. bill bratten is the former new york police commissioner as well as l.a.'s retired chief of police. he joins me now. so chief bratten, i want to show you some of the images that apparently were sent to me.
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i didn't know about this until really just a few hours ago. i know you are seeing these images for the first time. the first is a coin. the kind of coin that i would imagine either you give out or it's the kind of thing soldiers often give ought or on police forces they have a ceremonial coin with bullet holes clearly shot through both in the center and off to the side. what do you make of this? any idea how he may have gotten the coin? >> chances are he would have received it from me. the photograph that's been displayed very widely today of me shaking his hand in front of a pair of flags probably would have been the custom i have of when somebody was activated into the military, heading overseas, i'd bring them up to the office, present them with one of these coins as a token of respect and good luck. and also have their family come up to meet our military liaison officer who would then basically work with the family during the period of time when the officer was gone. so looking at this coin, that is a, what is called a challenge coin. it's my personal coin that i
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give out to people and it's usually about an inch and a half, two inches in width. he probably shot that through with like a .22. >> it's the kind of thing, i think it's a military tradition, whenever i'm with a military unit, oftentimes they'll coin me or i think even president obama has some. other high officials have them. do you remember anything about this person? >> i actually do not. and it's interesting because he's a very distinctive looking individual, just the sheer size of him. but in the course of a year in the lapd, i would probably handle anywhere from 200 to 400 disciplinary cases, major cases. and in a 10,000-person department over the space of seven years, i don't recall him. and i don't recall the specific set of circumstances for which i fired him or discharged him. now i've reviewed all of those documents, but i had no recollection of it in the sense
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of even after reading them. >> in the parcel that was sent to me and again this arrived, i guess, on february 1st, but i'm just learning about it and cnn management is just learning about it today, there was duct tape that the coin was wrapped in. and on the duct tape it says, it's hard to see there. it says thanks but no thanks, will bratton and then up on the top it says, imao -- excuse me. imoa which we think is imagine a more open america. do you have any connection to -- does that make any sense to you? >> it doesn't make any sense to me. i received a call from your security department just about an hour ago, actually, informing me that they had received this package. i believe last friday. and as you have indicated, you are just becoming aware of it today as is senior management, i guess, at cnn. what you have shown me is, being quite frank with you, very distu disturbing, i think, to anyone that would look at it.
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and i continued was accompanied by some form or letter or written correspondence. so one of the issues, i spoke to chief beck a short while ago to inform him of this, and my understanding is your corporate security has forwarded it to the fbi and the fbi will be sharing it with the lapd as they move their investigation forward. >> yeah, and i didn't see it because, as you can imagine, i get a lot of correspondence and a lot of nutty correspondence and usually just -- >> as did i when i was chief of police. >> usually it doesn't even go to me. i just sort of forward it on to the security folks. he lists you in this manifesto. he clearly has some sort of beef with you. does -- i mean, does any of that resonate? does it make any sense to you? >> well, in terms of, without speaking specifically to the manifesto and what's in it, although it's public documents and the media has been very good about not identifying other people who are listed in the document.
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in my case, i was the chief of police that signed off on his discharge from the lapd. so in terms of his grievances, i could understand his grievance directed toward me in my capacity as chief of police. but a lot of people get discharged, and a lot of police officers get discharged, and none of them resort to the actions that this young man has taken. >> mr. bratton, i appreciate you joining us, chief bratton. i want to bring in a colleague. john miller worked in intelligence and criminal intelligence for the lapd. he's also a "cbs this morning" correspondent. what do you make of his training? how hard is he to track down? >> it's a pretty unique case. in some ways you have the classic manhunt. something quite an anomaly here.
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you have the hunted who is also hunting the hunters. he has, obviously, fired at police officers. he's turned on them as they've approached him. so this is not your average manhunt. you are talking about a guy who has military training in close quarter battle tactics, all kinds of weapons, long weapons, short womans, semiautomatic weapons. he's certified in intelligence and counterintelligence which means he's learned the trade craft of -- >> he knows how they would be looking for him? >> and then beyond the military training he has the training and tactics and procedures of the lapd. i went through the same academy that he did. they spent a great deal of time on firearms proficiency and tactical proficiency. and, clearly, he's using that to whatever advantage he can. he knows how they think. he knows how they work. >> what's not going in his favor? >> what's not going in his favor is the flip side of that coin
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which is a criminal who is on the run, anderson, has the ability to tap into their criminal network. their colleagues, their associates, other criminals who will give them aid, comfort, money, cars, phones, a place to be harbored, an escape route. his social circle is going to be fellow military officers and police officers. and those are not the people he can turn to. so he's facing, as his profile has risen over the past 24 hours, an increasing sense of isolation of where can he turn to. the discovery of the truck up in big bear is actually interesting and perhaps telling. the fact that he set it on fire as opposed to leaving it by the side of the road in an area where nobody was really looking, almost suggests he wanted to draw attention to it. so that begs the question, has he planned some big fiery ending where there's going to be a confrontation and he'll go out in a blaze of glory? we've seen that before.
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or has he planned an out where he had a stashed vehicle, a disguise, new identification and he's become on the move? right now it's too early to tell. >> given that he had this whole manifesto written and that the incident that seems to have so angered him took place back in 2008, 2009, you would think he had a lot of time to kind of plan this and yet a lot of his movements seem kind of disorganized. he tried to get this boat. that didn't quite work out. then he left his wallet in that area, his wallet was found in the area. does it seem like he's sort of has the steps planned out? >> i think a lot of thought went into this. and he has been -- he's shown some disorganized traits but also some very organized ones. sending the packages out, including the one that came here and other packages that went to other individuals in doing so at the end of january, so he could kind of prestage, this is who i am. this is what my grievance is, so that that information would be
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handy to people once his name emerged. the idea that he cut off all his communications, his cellar telephones, internet accounts and everything on january 31st. he basically wiped himself off the social network, except for the facebook posting which was an intentional advertising part of that prestaging. and that he had already done the preoperational surveillance on who his victims would be. where they lived. where their family members lived. i finishing you look at the san diego thing, there's a couple of questions there. in stealing the boat, when he tried to do that, he was on his way to getting away, but he didn't handle the dock lines correctly. they got caught up in the rotors and that foiled his escape there. but you have to wonder, was that part of a plan to go south over the mexican border by sea, or was he going north to some landing point where he had another part of his plan? he's put a lot of thought into this. >> the fact he went after people -- police officers who were guarding people who were in his manifesto, i found very
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aggressive. the fact that he would go after the police officers who were standing bodyguard over others. >> and how that happened, learn a little bit more is, these were -- they pretty much used the entire elite metro division of the lapd to guard these targets. and when they ran out of metro officers because of the number of potential targets, they took one of this the gang units and assigned them to additional potential targets. and these officers had rolled into a gas station down in riverside. and a citizen who had seen all those signs on the highway, be on the lookout for this truck said, hey, i think that truck is right on the overpass at magnolia. so they circled out of the gas station, headed towards magnolia. as they were rolling up on the truck, he came out of the truck, over the top with a semiautomatic rifle, opened fire on the officers. they returned fire. but, you know, what it tells us, anderson, he's not waiting for the car stop. he's not looking to take off and get in a chase.
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if given the opportunity, he's going to take the element of surprise, the element of speed and the violence of action. the very things that they taught him and trained him in the navy, and he's going to use that to try and overwhelm. >> scary stuff. john miller, appreciate it. a lot of interesting details. local authorities are planning to hold a news conference at 8:30 eastern time, about 12 minutes from now. we'll come back to the manhunt shortly looking more closely at the alleged manifesto. is there anything to be learned in that? the breaking news. his truck has been located about 100 miles east of l.a. very extensive search under way right now. first, some break news that could bury tens of millions of people in a ton of snow. chad myers in the weather center has been watching this storm grow into really a monster. chad, what's the latest? >> we still have in this pink area here, anderson, all winter storm warnings. more importantly, 23 million americans are in blizzard warnings tonight. starting about 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. and some spots won't even get snow until maybe even noon. but by the time we do this show
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again tomorrow night, there could be ten inches of snow in some spots and it will still be snowing. this is the best or the least amount of accumulation model that i've seen. thinking that this isn't going to happen. 7.5 for new york city. 12.8 for boston. this model does believe the merger of the two storms. one to the west. one coming in from the south will happen with new york city at 14, boston at 34 inches of snow before it's all done. and winds to 60 miles per hour. one more thing, anderson. where that big bear truck was located, out west, there's now a winter storm warning there as well for those officers. >> wow. chad, thanks very much. we'll check back in later with chad. let us know what you think. follow me on twitter. i've been tweeting about this tonight. up next, back to the manhunt for christopher dorner and the hunt for motives and the words he allegedly wrote and posted online. [ ding ] oh, that's helpful!
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back to the breaking news out of southern california. police have located the truck belonging to christopher dorner. fresh tracks located nearby but the tracks didn't really lead anywhere or lead to the suspect. road blocks are up, news choppers barred from the area. his whereabouts remain unknown. he's accused of killing three people already. and he vows to kill more. the subject line reads "last resort." it's perhaps the only explanation we'll ever hear from the alleged shooter christopher dorner over 11,000 words posted on his facebook page earlier today. addressed simply to america. it's pages and pages of threats, confessions and rambling opinions. and it is chilling to read. he writes, quote, i know i'll be vilified by the lapd and the
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media. unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that i do not enjoy, but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the lapd and reclaim my name. the question is, what would you do to clear your name? dorner clearly wants vindication from the lapd which terminated him in 2008 for making false statements to a superior officer. the attacks will stop when the department states the truth about my innocence publicly, he writes. i will not accept any type of currency/goods in exchange for the attacks to stop, nor do i want it. i want my name back, period. there is no negotiation. the alleged shooter details evidence he says shows he was telling the truth and he urges the media to investigate his case. he writes, quote, with the discovery and evidence available, you will see the truth. unfortunately, i will not be alive to see my name cleared. dorner writes repeatedly about his own death. at one point, self-preservation is no longer important to me. i do not fear death.
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he also writes, i have nothing to lose. you cannot prevail against an enemy combatant who has no fear of death. dorner wants to make sure he's not branded a liar but seems to have no concerns about being a killer. he promises the violence of action will be high. and he lists members of the lapd by name in his manifesto writing, in essence, i've lost everything because the lapd took my name and knew i was innocent. your day has come. later he writes, you destroyed my life and name because of your actions. time is up. dorner doesn't stop there. he writes, suppressing the truth will leave to deadly consequences for you and your family. i never had the opportunity to have a family of my own. i'm terminating yours. seems he made good on that promise. on sunday he shot and killed 27-year-old monica quan, the daughter of one of the officers named in the manifesto. two others have also been shot so far. and the manifesto threatens that more will come. i know your route to and from
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home and your division, he writes. i know your significant others routine, your children's best friends and recess. i assure you that the casualty rate will be high. dorner doesn't just stick to threats. the manifesto is also filled with bizarre rambling in everything from newscasters to gun control to entertainment. he says he's a fan of the hangover movies and even offers this opinion about michelle obama. off the record, i love your new bangs, mrs. obama, he writes. a woman whose professional and educational accomplishments are second to none when compared to recent first wives. throughout this manifesto, posted on his facebook page, dorner's tone is unwavering. he's on a crusade, he feels, to purge the lapd of corruption and he tries to portray himself as a person of morales. he writes, i'm not an aspiring rapper, a gang member. i'm not a deep dealer. i'm a man who has lost complete faith in the system when the system betrayed and slandered
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me. no one grows up and wants to be a cop killer he writes. it was against everything i ever was. as a young police explorer, i found my calling in life, but as a young police officer, i found that the violent suspects on the street are not the only people you have to watch. i want to bring in a former lapd psychologist chris mohandi. parts of this don't sound like they come from an insane person or someone capable of doing these killings. he seems aware of reality, the consequence of his actions. he also seems to, at times, display empathy toward people that he cares about. what comes across to you in this? >> absolutely what you said. he's not insane. he doesn't have a serious mental illness like that. this is a man who feels like he is justified and doing whatever he needs to do to get his message out there. he's narcissistic. he's rationalizing his actions. he's been victimized and he's going to inflict that on other people that he believes are to blame. he's a classic vengeance
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motivated, predatory violence individual who is just basically a disgruntled former employee who, unfortunately, has military and law enforcement training. so he's justifying his actions. he's homicidal and suicidal, but he's not crazy in the classic sense. he's got character flaws that make him think he's entitled and special enough that he gets to do these things. that he gets to take matters into his own hands. >> not only is he homicidal, but he's suicidal? >> absolutely. he's talking about being willing and planning to die as a consequence of all of these things. so he is both. he is homicidal and he is suicidal and extremely dangerous. >> what do you make of the fact that the events he's pointing to, him getting kicked off from the lapd, these events went back to 2008, 2009. what now? what sorts of things would trigger this kind of reaction so long after the nationinitial in? >> there's been appeals processes that have been going on for a while that he makes
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reference to in terms of appeals with the courts that have been exhausted. i had heard that he had left his job as recently as last friday, another job he had, i think, with the navy. so there's all these options and things that were exhausting themselves. and it's often typical for workplace violence suspects like him to act out when they view all their options for handling it within the system to become exhausted. i believe that's what you are seeing here. there's been a series of events and likely a recent triggering event that's basically kicked his whole plan he's been working on and fantasizing about for the whole time into action. >> at this point, though, for authorities to track down this guy, is there any sense you can glean of how prepared or how thought out his actions may be? i talked about this with john miller who thinks he spent a fair amount of time preparing his plan. >> he's been fantasizing about this act of predatory, proactive
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violence for a long time and he's been making all kinds of preparations. the preparations haven't been perfect, but this is a man who indicates in his manifesto, in his message, that he has thought a long time about it. that he's going to use the skills he's learned in his different military experiences and law enforcement experiences against those in those organizations in law enforcement in particular. so i think he's got a lot more planned, and we're going to see more from him. and what you have to be careful about is, you know, lots of misdirection. and i think that that's part of what may be going on right now. >> we're going to be speaking later to some of the friends of this man that he writes about in the manifesto. he speaks very highly of in this manifesto. >> right. >> and it does sound like he genuinely cares about them. someone like that, someone he cares about as a family member or a friend is that -- is it possible that person could somehow reach him in terms of, you know if there was
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communication with him, talk him down, talk him out of continuing? >> the hope is that one of those people that he looks up to, that he respects, that they, obviously, don't want him to continue this. his message has gotten out there that they would tell him that he would see this and know that he doesn't need to hurt anybody else. >> just a final thought from you, kris. at this point, what do you think people need to know? >> i think people need to know that this man is armed, extremely dangerous. hopefully he'll turn himself in and realize that there's people that he respects that want him to do so. and safety is paramount. and they are looking up there. he's resourceful enough to potentially hunker down up there and survive for a while. but he's also resourceful enough to be elsewhere and they need to know that the professional men and women of the various involved departments are going to be working very hard to resolve this and keep everyone safe. >> and clearly this is a man who has reached out to -- he's
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reached out to me here at cnn. he's reached out to other news groups as well. and he has this manifesto. he clearly wants to get his message across. if by any chance he is listening to a television tonight or listening to this broadcast tonight, i assume you would suggest to him that the best way to get his message across is to give himself up and that will afford him the opportunity to at least, you know, argue his case. >> that is correct. the best solution is to turn himself in. he'll have plenty of chances to tell his story. you know, hurting people is not going to help his cause any more. people hear he has a message to tell. it's time to turn himself in. >> former lapd psychologist kris mohandie. in christopher dorner is a trained sniper. he's seeking vengeance for a long list of vengrievances. just ahead, the latest we've learned about what kind of marksman he is. how good is he and what other
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score, an expert in rifle qualifications in every unit i've been in. i will utilize every bit of small arms train, demolition ordnance and survival training i've been given. dorner, a former cop who served in the u.s. navy reserve, is a trained sniper. it's what makes this manhunt both urgent and particularly dangerous. chris lawrence joins me now. in this manifesto he says he's always been the top shot, as i just read. do his military records back that up? >> militarywise, he's good, but he's exaggerating a little bit. the u.s. navy has three levels of proficiency above the base line. marksman, sharpshooter and then expert at the highest level. he qualified as a marksman with the rifle, but he did qualify as an expert, though highest level with the 9 millimeter pistol. he also received some training on weak side shooting. even some very good shooters have a hard time going from the right thoohand to the left hand. he would have been trained in
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shooting from his weak side. if you are shooting from a concealed position, if you can shoot from your weak side, you might not have to expose as much of your body. you'd be a smaller target and still be able to return fire. >> dorner -- this guy also promises to use specific warfare tactics and survival training. he was never in special ops which would have more specific training in this kind of thing. >> no, no special operations training, but he did serve in a riverene unit, sort of the old brownwater navy, doing a lot of security operations. securing oil platforms. so he has had more firearms and combat arms training than, say, a typical sailor serving on board an aircraft carrier. >> all right. chris, appreciate the update. i want to bring in someone who is mentioned in the manifesto. they were classmates at southern utah university. thanks for being with us. i can't imagine what this is like for you. must be bizarre to say the least
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and very upsetting. you were mentioned in this. i want to read some of what dorner had to say. thanks for introducing me to outdoor sports like fishing, hunting, mudding and also respect for the land and resources. you even introduced me to pbr. a beer that when you are a poor college student is completely acceptable to get buzzed off of. i'm sorry i'll never get to go on that moose and bear hunt with you. i love you, bro. what goes through your mind when you hear that? >> my initial reaction is that it's not entirely accurate. i don't like to think of myself as a beer guzzling, politically incorrect person. in spite of that, when i first read it i have to confess that i was somewhat flattered and that i obviously made an effect on this person's life and it seems that i'm a person whom he respects, but, you know, going deeper and putting it in the context of this manifesto, which i have not read but i've heard snippets of it. it's shocking to say the least. i mean, you know, who wants to be lumped in to this kind of a
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fiasco, frankly. it's really beyond shocking. >> i know he called you out of the blue about four years ago just to catch up, which was around the time he was let go, fired from the lapd. what did he seem like? how did he seem then? >> seemed to be the same person i knew in college. you know, he did mention to me when we were speaking at that point in time about four years ago, he mentioned he had some type of grievance that was ongoing with the los angeles police department. i don't have any recollection of details and, quite frankly, i don't even remember that we spoke about it at great length. but he did mention that there was some issue that he was dealing with. in any event, he did not seem to me to be particularly aggravated about it. he certainly didn't express any indication that he had violent tendencies or was out for retribution or anything of that nature. needless to say, the events of the past couple of days come as a very great shock to me. >> we obviously have no idea
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where he is. he did reach out to me here at cnn and to other news organizations trying to get his message across. in case he is watching this or is near a television or listening on radio, what would your message to him be tonight? >> turn yourself in. no good is coming of this. you know, you are not going to clear your name by killing people or by hurting people or by going on the run. there's absolutely no good can come out of this. turn yourself in and put an end to it. >> james, i appreciate you being with us. it has to be -- it's a horrible occurrence for everybody but for somebody who knows him and knows him as a different person, it's got to be very shocking. appreciate you being with us, james. thank you. >> my pleasure. the other story we're following the northeast bracing for a storm that could end up in the record books. preparations are under way for several feet of snow in some areas. the latest on the storm's path ahead. it's a hawk with night vision goggles. it's marching to the beat of a different drum.
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we're keeping a close eye on what could be a record-breaking
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storm affecting millions across the northeast. two massive weather systems are on track to converge overnight. blizzard warnings are in effect for boston, new york, providence. some areas could be digging out from several feet of snow. the travel nightmare could soon be felt across the country as flight cancellations pile up creating a ripple effect at airports from coast to coast. amtrak is suspended service from new york city up into new england. some salt trucks already hitting the road getting a head start before the storm hits. we're joined by our meteorologist chad myers. when can we expect these two massive storms to meet, and what kind of an impact are we talking about? >> looks like 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning is when the first snowflakes will start to fall. even for new york city, those snowflakes will mix with rain, maybe lowering the total amount of snow accumulation. here's the one storm to the south. it's raining here in georgia. here's the storm up in wisconsin. it's snowing here. they will meet, a little bit like what sandy did with the cold here and the warm air here. they'll come together as a coastal low.
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we call them a nor'easter. it's called a coastal bomb because it bombs off the coast. winds will be hurricane strength along the coast of massachusetts and maine. we'll see coastal flooding. and those hurricane-force winds will cause blizzard warnings everywhere you see here in this red and orange. that's a blizzard warning. 23 million people right now under a blizzard warning. this is the best case scenario, computer model i can find. 7.5 inches for new york city. 12.8 for boston. this is the model that does not believe the two storms will combine. and now i'll show you one, a model that does believe the two storms will combine. we'll pile those numbers into boston. over 30. new york city at 14. that's a pretty good number. i believe that's probably right on the money. the big story here is that we're going to have winds of 50 and 60. you may never see that snow. they may be just drifts. 8, 10 feet high. >> winds of 50 or 60. that's unusual for a nor'easter like this, isn't it? >> it certainly is. this is a big storm. this has a pressure that was
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a new poll out today from quinnipiac found that americans overwhelm league support the pentagon's decision to allow women in combat. that may be no surprise. the influence of women in the workplace has been rising so rapidly. some scholars believe they'll dominate many professions. tom foreman has more in this week's "american journey." >> iowa state university is home to the oldest public veterinary college in america. but stop by and in minutes you'll see the new face of the profession in students like jessica arnold. >> growing up, i had a big interest in cats and dogs and horses. >> reporter: and katrina baucus. >> i have a lot of passion for this field and for this career choice. >> reporter: women now outnumber
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men 3-1 in many vet schools across the country. and they outnumber them in clinics as well. katie wigman. >> i think our class is about 70% women and 30% men. >> reporter: it's a massive change for a profession that was once almost entirely male and that routinely refused to even consider women for the job. >> this is actually a heritage museum that goes through the history of veterinary medicine. >> reporter: associate dean clair andreson remembers being in a clear minority when her studies began more than 30 years ago. >> i had fantastic mentors. no one ever told me no. no one ever discouraged me. >> but you were the exception. >> right. >> reporter: women are increasingly flooding many professional fields. why? some researchers say this is the result of legislation promoting educational equality. some say it is simply because women are outperforming men in their studies. and some say it is a symptom of a broader societal change or maybe all of those factors.
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in any event, at southern methodist university, where sociologist ann lincoln studied the phenomenon, men still hold majorities in many workplaces, for the moment. >> but the wave is coming. and this is happening in medicine and in law and to a lesser extent in dentistry. and certainly has already happened in veterinary medicine and pharmacy. >> reporter: that means the economic recovery, security and future prosperity of the country may rest much more than many people realize in female hands. tom foreman, cnn, ames, iowa. >> that does it for us. thanks for watching. "piers morgan tonight" starts now. ♪ good morning, turtle. ♪ my friends are all around me ♪ my friends, they do surround me ♪ ♪ i hope this never ends
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